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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Steeple Bumpstead

Are you moving and want to know more about Steeple Bumpstead? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Steeple Bumpstead is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Steeple Bumpstead water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Steeple Bumpstead.

About Steeple Bumpstead, Essex

Steeple Bumpstead CB9 has a population of 1,432 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Steeple Bumpstead?

Steeple Bumpstead water utilities are supplied by Anglian Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Anglian Water, and Cambridge Water:

How to reach your water providers in Steeple Bumpstead

Calling a phone number for Anglian Water or Cambridge Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Steeple Bumpstead water issues.

Anglian Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Anglian Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Anglian Water phone number Anglian Water Emergency phone number
0345 791 9155 0345 714 5145
Mon to Fri 8am-8pm,Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 10am-4pm,Bank holidays 10am-4pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Cambridge Water telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Cambridge Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Cambridge Water phone number Cambridge Water Emergency phone number
01223 706050 0800 316 7676
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Anglian Water or Cambridge Water

You can also get in touch with Anglian Water or Cambridge Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website.

Anglian Water

Customer that want to post a letter to Anglian Water can do so by writing to the Anglian Water address below:

Anglian Water Address
PO Box 4994
Lancing
BN11 9AL

If you want to email Anglian Water, you should use the following email address:

Anglian Water Email Address
anglianwatercustomerservices@anglianwater.co.uk

Cambridge Water

Customer that want to post a letter to Cambridge Water can do so by writing to the Cambridge Water address below:

Cambridge Water Address
PO Box 7040, Green Lane
Walsall
WS1 9QG

Price of water in Steeple Bumpstead

Water bill in Steeple Bumpstead

Water rates in Steeple Bumpstead are based on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Steeple Bumpstead water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Steeple Bumpstead water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Steeple Bumpstead

Customers that have a water meter at their Steeple Bumpstead property will pay an annual charge that is fixed, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Anglian Water or Cambridge Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Steeple Bumpstead home.

Unmetered Customers in Steeple Bumpstead

Customers without a meter at their Steeple Bumpstead home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Steeple Bumpstead home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Steeple Bumpstead is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Steeple Bumpstead water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Steeple Bumpstead might work out cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Steeple Bumpstead?

The average water bill Steeple Bumpstead residents are charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. The table below shows the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Water Bill Per Year
Anglian Water £16.83 £202
Cambridge Water £12.33 £148
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How do I pay my Steeple Bumpstead water bill?

You will first need to register with Anglian Water or Cambridge Water. Once you've registered an account with Anglian Water or Cambridge Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options such as:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online payments
  • Pay over the phone
  • Bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Payment card

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Steeple Bumpstead bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Anglian Water or Cambridge Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Steeple Bumpstead?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Steeple Bumpstead CB9, your water suppliers are Anglian Water and Cambridge Water.

Since April 2017, business water customers have been able to switch water suppliers. You can find out if your business is eligible in our guide to switching water suppliers.

Steeple Bumpstead Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Steeple Bumpstead have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Steeple Bumpstead

Is water from the tap in Steeple Bumpstead safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Steeple Bumpstead. You can rest assured that Steeple Bumpstead water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Steeple Bumpstead water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Steeple Bumpstead water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Steeple Bumpstead come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Steeple Bumpstead:

  • Surface sources - 93%
  • Groundwater sources - 6%
  • Mixed sources - 1%

How hard is the water in Steeple Bumpstead

While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. As rainwater filters through rocks, it picks up minerals, such as magnesium and calcium. The more minerals the water picks up, the harder is your water considered.

The water hardness in Steeple Bumpstead is higher than 201ppm, that makes the water hardness in Steeple Bumpstead is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Steeple Bumpstead contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. hard water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Steeple Bumpstead.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Steeple Bumpstead No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Steeple Bumpstead home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Steeple Bumpstead.

If there is no water at your Steeple Bumpstead home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Steeple Bumpstead.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Anglian Water or Cambridge Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Anglian Water or Cambridge Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Steeple Bumpstead water leak or flooding

Steeple Bumpstead water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Steeple Bumpstead home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Steeple Bumpstead property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call Anglian Water or Cambridge Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Anglian Water or Cambridge Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Steeple Bumpstead taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Steeple Bumpstead water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Steeple Bumpstead water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Steeple Bumpstead water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Anglian Water or Cambridge Water via the contact channels listed above.

Broadband Speed in Steeple Bumpstead CB9

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Steeple Bumpstead home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average connection speed for Steeple Bumpstead with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?

Steeple Bumpstead Average Download Speed Steeple Bumpstead Average Upload Speed
60.35 Mbps 18.60 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Steeple Bumpstead. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Steeple Bumpstead?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've listed the four important points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Steeple Bumpstead.

Availability

The first thing to consider before choosing an internet provider in Steeple Bumpstead is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Steeple Bumpstead should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Steeple Bumpstead?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Steeple Bumpstead
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Steeple Bumpstead homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Steeple Bumpstead.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Steeple Bumpstead.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Steeple Bumpstead broadband cost

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Steeple Bumpstead. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Steeple Bumpstead. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Steeple Bumpstead Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Steeple Bumpstead also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Steeple Bumpstead home is going to be important.

Steeple Bumpstead broadband technical support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Steeple Bumpstead broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Steeple Bumpstead.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Steeple Bumpstead have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Steeple Bumpstead?

The average speed of broadband in Steeple Bumpstead is:

Steeple Bumpstead Average Download Speed Steeple Bumpstead Average Upload Speed
60.35 Mbps 18.60 Mbps

What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Steeple Bumpstead, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Steeple Bumpstead house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Steeple Bumpstead.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Steeple Bumpstead

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Steeple Bumpstead is 01806. If you call someone in Steeple Bumpstead, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Steeple Bumpstead call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Steeple Bumpstead

People living in Steeple Bumpstead are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Steeple Bumpstead home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Steeple Bumpstead distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Steeple Bumpstead in this section.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Steeple Bumpstead

The electricity distribution network operator for Steeple Bumpstead is UK Power Networks - Eastern England. You can find the UK Power Networks - Eastern England contact details in the table below:

UK Power Networks - Eastern England Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 028 4587
Emergencies 0800 316 3105
Email care@ukpowernetworks.co.uk
Website https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Address 237 Southwark Bridge Road
London

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  1. Electricity North West
  2. Northern Powergrid
  3. SSE Networks
  4. SP Energy Networks
  5. UK Power Networks
  6. Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Steeple Bumpstead

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Steeple Bumpstead.

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Steeple Bumpstead

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Steeple Bumpstead, we've found the five closest municipalities to Steeple Bumpstead.

Closest five municipalities to Steeple Bumpstead
Municipality Distance from Steeple Bumpstead
Sturmer 0.01 miles
Little Wratting 0.01 miles
Little Thurlow 0.01 miles
Little Bradley 0.01 miles
Kedington 0.01 miles